SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10023 times:
This is not the first time that airlines do fly-by's in South Africa. We are notorious for those - the first time was during the 1995 Rugby World Cup also at Ellis Park against New Zealand. This flyby was during the 2013 Rugby Championship Decider also at Ellis Park.
"The 1995 Rugby World Cup Final was the start of what has become a tradition of South African Airway's involvement in major international events.
The flypast of a Boeing 747 over Ellis Park Stadium was seen as a meaningful display of patriotism. So popular was this flypast that it was repeated when Bafana Bafana, South Africa's national soccer team, played in the Africa Cup of Nations several months later. As official carrier of the South African Olympic team, SAA decided to paint one of its jumbos in brilliant colours and this aircraft visited several cities performing graceful flypasts in formation with four F1 Mirage fighter aircraft of the South African Air Force, leaving many South Africans in awe.
The goal was now set for three Boeing 747 aircraft to fly in formation over the Union Buildings just after the new President of South Africa took the oath.
This is the story of that unique Boeing 747, Three Ship, formation."
shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8643 times:
You've got to love the Saffers!
I was stood on the Newlands pitch during lunch at the SA v England test match in 2005 when a gaggle of Mike "Beachy" Heads bright yellow Hunters screamed over, so low and so unexpectedly, I nearly spilt my cold pint of Castle...now that would have been a disaster
Long live South Africas love of aviation and her aviators spectacular display routines
crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2325 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8149 times:
Quoting garpd (Thread starter):
Yes, I know it was dangerous, reckless, etc. But as nothing bad happened, lets just enjoy it and not spoil the mood with armchair CAA/FAA condemnations.
That's horrible.... That's reckless...That airline should be shut down. In fact, that stadium should be shut down for promoting such danger. I say shut the city down too for promoting such dangerous activity and fine the country too! I say sue Boeing for buying MDD and allowing an MD-80 to do such a criminal act. Now, can I see some more videos of this please?
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7517 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8029 times:
Quoting SA7700 (Reply 1): This is not the first time that airlines do fly-by's in South Africa. We are notorious for those - the first time was during the 1995 Rugby World Cup also at Ellis Park against New Zealand.
I saw that in the movie and thought the producers had taken some artistic license. I did not know it actually happened.